Helen Hughes
Vivienne Binns: It is what it is, what it is

Binns' Grids and Voids

Vivienne Binns: It is what it is, what it is

Sutton Gallery, 17 March – 14 April 2018**

By Helen Hughes

Vivienne Binns seems to have taught—or had some sort of mentor-like relationship with—a whole bunch of artists whose work I like: Charlie Sofo, Liang Luscombe, Trevelyan Clay, Kate Smith and Geoff Newton, to name just a few. If there is amongst some or all of these artists a shared sensibility to do with humour, a cavalier attitude towards painting (or 'fine art...

Helen Hughes
Brent Harris: the small sword

Brent Harris, the small sword

Tolarno Galleries, 28 September – 4 November 2017

By Helen Hughes

Hallucinations between figure and ground flicker across the surface of many of Brent Harris’s compositions in his new exhibition at Tolarno Galleries, the small sword. In the studio (2017), for example, the main figure’s cartoonish outline—that most primitive of compositional devices that distinguishes an object from its background—wobbles and warps, as if filtered through the mottled lens...

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Liam Osborne: Hot Copy

Liam Osborne Hot Copy

Punk Café, 8 July – 22 July 2017

by Helen Hughes

Presented by Liam Osborne, the young Melbourne artist and director/curator of the Brunswick East gallery Punk Café, Hot Copy is a meditation on themes of boredom, repetition, monotony, uselessness and impactlessness. These themes are charted both in relation to the artist's day-to-day routines (working to pay rent, to make art, etc.) and in relation to the role of Punk Café as a Melbourne artist-run gallery (one that...

Helen Hughes
James Tylor: un-resettling

James Tylor, un-resettling

Vivien Anderson Gallery, 29 March – 29 April 2017

By Helen Hughes

In recent years, Bruce Pascoe's widely read Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? (2014) and Bill Gammage's The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia (2011) have helped cultivate a more general understanding of the history of Aboriginal land management, agricultural practices, and general custodianship of the lands and waterways of this continent. Their scholarship h...

Helen Hughes
The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver

The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver

TarraWarra Museum of Art 19 November 2016 – 5 February 2017 Curated by Julie Ewington

By Helen Hughes

The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver is the first major survey of the work of Australian artist Bronwyn Oliver (1959–2006). Though her career was cut short by her premature death at age forty-seven, the body of work presented within this exhibition has a pulse—writhing with movement and flickering with energy.

Oliver, a Sydney-based artist who undertook severa...